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Pickup Winding book by Jason Lollar Now Available

Jason Lollar’s book, Basic Pickup Winding and Complete Guide to Making Your Own Pickup Winder, is now available for direct purchase.This version of Lollar’s pickup winding book is a revised 3rd edition. It includes a new preface, an updated list of parts and materials suppliers, and a new list of references that you can use to increase your knowledge about guitar pickup winding.

Basic Pickup Winding by Jason Lollar is now available directly from Lollar Pickups

Basic Pickup Winding by Jason Lollar is now available directly from Lollar Pickups

The new preface is interesting because Jason talks a bit about some of the things that he’s seen happen in the pickup winding industry since the first publication of the book in 1998.

The revised list of parts suppliers is helpful because it contains current sources of parts and materials that will be useful should you venture into some guitar pickup winding projects of your own. Many of these suppliers are either new, or have become much more accessible for supplying guitar pickup parts and materials. Basic Pickup Winding by Jason Lollar is available directly through the Lollar Pickups web site. You can find it in the “Lollar Merchandise” section under the “Resources” tab. Or you can simply follow this link to purchase Jason Lollar’s book about Basic Pickup Winding.

This book has been reprinted as a courtesy to our customers and the many guitar enthusiasts out there. It is not returnable and cannot be exchanged. The purchase of this book does not include phone technical support. Please do not call the shop.

Here is a quote from the new Preface:
The real reason I quit publishing the book was that people took for granted they could call me on the phone and have me hold their hand through the learning process so I would get 10 to 50 calls from one guy after another and I just can’t give any time away. I did meet a lot of people I enjoyed talking to but I need to do my own work.

At this time, there are many resources available that did not previously exist. The internet has grown dramatically over the last decade and can provide a wealth of information on the subject of guitar pickup winding. For example, you can go to the Pickup Maker’s Discussion Forum at  This is one of Jason’s favorite pickup winding forums.

Latest News about Jason’s book, “Basic Pickup Winding”

1-What motivated you to release a 4th edition of your book, “Basic Pickup Winding?”

I was seeing fake copies of my book being passed off on eBay as original copies. The book has become collectable, selling for between $250 to $500 a copy, so you can imagine a lot of fakes were being produced and sold. We actually had people that bought these copies and send them to us for verification to see if they were legitimate or not.

Basic Pickup Winding by Jason Lollar
Basic Pickup Winding by Jason Lollar


Trying to reproduce a printed product like a book to match in every way is actually quite expensive and usually there are 5 or 6 obvious telltale differences in the copies that we can easily identify. I never cared if people sold used legitimate copies for whatever price, but being deliberately fraudulent is something I just couldn’t put up with. Even though it has been out of print, I still wanted to retain my copyright in case I wanted to sell it again so I have always patrolled for people selling unauthorized copies in any form. I wrote the book, it’s my property, so I feel anyone benefiting from its sale or distribution in any form should be me. I think people severely underestimate the time and effort it takes to create, edit, publish and service a book of even its smallish size. I had originally intended to write more material to make a 4th edition, but so many pirate copies had been selling for $500 a copy recently that I decided to just clean up the last edition enough to re-print that and get it out there as quickly as I could. If there is an official expanded edition coming out it will be some unknown amount of time out there in the future. 

2-When will it be ready to be released – approximately?

Things should be ready in the next 2 to 4 weeks. I am just having a few problems with formatting on a few pages and need to determine what’s causing the problem. Once that is cleared up I could probably have the first batch within a week or two after that.

3-What format will it be in?

I am re-issuing it as a printed book again with a spiral binding because it is used as a reference while you are working. It’s more useful to be able to have the book on your bench. The spiral binding allows you to lay it all the way open without the book springing shut and also allows you to fold it in half so it’s the size of one page if you like. That keeps the workbench space it consumes half its possible size. Also being a printed book you can write notes on the inside of the front and back covers so all your specs are in one place.

4-What will be the selling price – even a rough idea?

I am considering a price around $35 but that’s just an estimate. I need to look over the cost of materials, printing, binding, advertising and distribution.

5-What is the best way to know when we can place an order?

The best way to keep up-to-date would be to subscribe to this blog. It automatically sends out an email when anything new is posted. When the book is ready, we will post it on this blog.

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